Kelly Brown made 64 Scotland appearances during his career
Former Scotland captain Kelly Brown has announced that he is to retire from playing professional rugby at the end of the season.
"To have been able to captain my country is an honour that I'll always cherish."
Brown, who won the last of his 64 caps with the Scots in June 2014, will be taking up a role as an academy coach at Saracens, where he has been playing his rugby for the last seven years.
The 34-year-old back-rower scored a try on his international debut for Scotland against Romania in June 2005 and became a regular in their back row after making his first RBS 6 Nations appearance in 2007, in the first round against England.
Brown captained his country for the first time against world champions New Zealand in November 2012, on the occasion of his 50th cap, and he eventually led them 14 times.
Brown said: "I always knew this day would come and it seems like only yesterday I was pulling on the black and yellow of Melrose as an 18-year old student.
"Since then I've been hugely fortunate to play the game I love at the highest level for the Border Reivers, Glasgow Warriors, Saracens and Scotland.
"Along the way, I've met some great people who I can now call friends for life. I have played for four clubs who I care deeply about and to have been able to captain my country is an honour that I'll always cherish.
"I'd like to put on record my thanks to some very important people who have helped me along the way.
"Firstly, all my coaches, teammates and support staff from school through to Saracens for their unwavering support and inspiration.
"Secondly, my mum, dad and family who taught me so much in not only the game but the values of life.
"Finally, and most importantly, my wife Emily and daughters Amber and Leena for all their love, patience and affection - I truly believe I wouldn't have enjoyed the career I have done without them.
"I'm forever grateful to be ending my career at a fantastic club like Saracens. Their support for my family and me has been unstinting and I'm extremely excited to be moving into a new role within the club's academy next season."
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